Retail Industry Profile

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Indian retail scenario
The retail scenario is one of the fastest growing industries in India over the last couple of years. India retail industry comprises of organized retail and unorganized retail sector. Traditionally the retail market in India was largely unorganized; however with changing consumer preferences, organized retail is gradually becoming popular. Unorganized retailing consists of small and medium grocery store, medicine stores, sabzi mandi, kirana stores, paan shops etc. More than 90% of retailing in India fall into the unorganized sector, the organized sector is largely concentrated in big cities. Organized retail in India is expected to grow 25-30 per cent yearly and is
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2,00,000 crore (US$45 billion) and could yield 10 to 15 million retail jobs in the coming five years; currently this industry employs 8 % of the working population.
 India continues to be among the most attractive countries for global retailers. According to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, approximately US$ 47.43 million was the amount of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow as on September 2009, in single-brand retail trading.
 India's overall retail sector is expected to rise to US$ 833 billion by 2013 and to US$ 1.3 trillion by 2018, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10 per cent.
 More than 80% of the retail industry in the country is concentrated in the large cities. A study reveals that among the more than 20 locations, for organized retail in India, Mumbai was found to be the most preferred location followed closely by Bengaluru in the second position.
Retail formats in India
 Hyper marts/supermarkets: large self-servicing outlets offering products from a variety of categories.
 Mom-and-pop stores: they are family owned business catering to small sections; they are individually handled retail outlets and have a personal
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 Convenience stores: are located in residential areas with slightly higher prices goods due to the convenience offered.
 Shopping malls: the biggest form of retail in India, malls offers customers a mix of all types of products and services including entertainment and food under a single roof.
 E-trailers: are retailers providing online buying and selling of products and services.
 Discount stores: these are factory outlets that give discount on the MRP.
 Vending: it is a relatively new entry, in the retail sector. Here beverages, snacks and other small items can be bought via vending

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